The aggressors did not see the Indians as equals, nor, by labeling them as savages, were they considered men. And then we are sent out there to kill them. AbeBooks.com: The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West (9780307948182) by Cozzens, Peter and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books available now at great prices. Cozzens begins his narrative with the 1866 resistance movement led by Red Cloud. Cozzens disagrees with the overall structure of this interpretation, while never doubting that America was certainly in the wrong. Cozzens' sweeping account covers all the main campaigns and major battles, but what makes his book unique is its focus on the impact of both internal tribal factionalism and inter-tribal conflict on the inevitable outcome. by MONDADORI, Published October 25th 2016 Welcome back. Of course, given the historiography of the past fifty years, an even-handed look necessarily inverts the traditional narrative. The railroads spread across Indian land and Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse’s raids drove the Northern Pacific into bankruptcy and the nation into a depression. Welcome back. Published October 25th 2016 Army." Smithsonian.com named it one of the top ten history books of 2016. Refresh and try again. Twists, turns, red herrings, the usual suspects: These books have it all...and more. We f*cked up the Middle East and now let's do that to Asia. by ATLANTIC BOOKS, Published October 25th 2016 Aptly titled this epic retelling of the Indian Wars is both objective and sobering. “The Earth Is Weeping” offers an almost painfully even-handed look at the conflicts between the United States and American Indian tribes after the Civil War. My familiarity was with names of individuals and battles without much continuity. The Earth Is Weeping is history and good history, but there's much more narrative, description, and biographical portrait than there is analysis. The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West (Kindle Edition) Published October 25th 2016 by Atlantic Books Kindle Edition, 576 pages Hence much-maligned figures like George Crook, Nelson Miles and even Custer receive sympathetic treatment (not so much Sheridan and Sherman). Peter Cozzens aims his formidable historical and narrative powers at the wars between the American Indians and the US government after the Civil War until their winding down, culminating with the Wounded Knee massacre (it's stretching things to call it a battle) in 1891. It's to counter the what he calls one-sided narrative since 1970 that Bury My Heart at Wounded K. Aptly titled this epic retelling of the Indian Wars is both objective and sobering. he stated that for most of the 19th and 20th century most people sided with the white people, but in 1970 Dee Brown wrote Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and the movie Little Big Man was released. “The Earth is Weeping” is a thorough history of the Indian Wars from the end of The Civil War to the battle of Wounded Knee in 1890. Mr. Cozzens has done us all a great service by moving the narrative beyond that of "victim studies" - such as Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee - to a more nuanced and balanced view of this struggle for the fate of a continent. But I learned a lot. While the events of the various conflicts and lives of the relevant participants are thoroughly and astutely detailed, the author does not expressly identify the central disturbing irony of so-titled Indian Wars, which is that those wars occurred immediately following a conflict intended to re-unify a nation "conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal" and resulted in depriving the original Americans of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as they knew it, as well as denying them the freedoms of speech in their native tongues and practicing their respective religions. But he asserts that book was told solely from the point of view of the Indian and is thus biased. For those who have found themselves at cross-purposes with their mission, in this most recent conflict, you might appreciate Peter Cozzens’ perspective of the US Army in its conflict with the Plains Indians in the post-Civil War period. There were certainly characteristics of the book that compelled me to rate what might otherwise have received 5 stars, this lower rating. The Earth Is Weeping book. I now know that Red Cloud fought on the Northern Plains, where Fetterman was killed, that Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse fought in Wyoming and the Badlands, that Chief Joseph lead Nez Perce, who paid their debts before departing, throughout the Northwest and that Geronimo was more of a terrorist in the Southwest than an inspiring leader. The book is also very fact driven but also tells an evenhanded story, both depicting Native Americans and US Army members in good and bad lights. Considering what I have seen in Cozzens' other books, t. The current narrative of the Indian Wars is one where evil whites come and take the land from helpless Indians. He crisply recounts battles and personalities both familiar (Custer's Last Stand, Geronimo's Apache terror campaign) and obscure (California's Modoc War, the extirpation of the Utes) while offering often-penetr. His book The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West, published by Alfred A. Knopf in October 2016. A disappointing way to end the year. Smithsonian Magazine chose it as one of the ten best history books of 2016. Unfortunately, it ends up doing nothing of the sort. Selected Works. While the events of the various conflicts and lives of the relevant participants are thoroughly and astutely detailed, the author does not expressly identify the central disturbing irony of so-titled Indian Wars, which is. Cozzens, a veteran Civil War historian, turns his attentions to America's bloody twilight wars against Native Americans between 1865 and 1890. One might dispute Cozzens' characterizations, but his vivid portrait is thorough, compelling and ultimately tragic. A good thorough account of the wars from 1851 to 1890. ©2016 Peter Cozzens (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of … He seemed to ignore the fact that it was not Native Americans who invaded Europe, lie to the people, push them out of the way and if they resisted kill them. by Athenaeum - Polak & Van Gennep, Published October 25th 2016 Here, Team Indian does good and bad, and Team White does good and bad, each according to its own internal dictates of morality and external dictates of practicality and need. A truly wonderful book depicting the murder of native americans by the U.S. government. Published October 25th 2016 First, it is well written and researched, the writing flows, and the prose keeps the reader engaged. Four stars means "I really liked it," which is hard to reconcile with a narrative that reads like an opening of many raw, festering wounds. Incredibly detailed, always fascinating, and utterly gripping account of the various Indian wars throughout the American west in the last half of the nineteenth century. Highly recommended for the intertwined history of Native Americans and the post-Civil War frontier U.A. A brilliant book! October 25th 2016 by peter cozzens ‧ release date: oct. 25, 2016 by Athenaeum, Polak & Van Gennep, Published April 6th 2017 It is an outrage. Here is no morality tale, but the old and inevitable tale of nomad vs. nomad vs. state—new, perhaps, in Sumer, but not new in 1870. this book starts out with a statement from the author that suggests that the book Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee has been the only substantial book about Indian history for many years. The Earth is Weeping from Dymocks online bookstore. Amazing, and why couldn’t this be required reading to all high school history classes. The Sioux are expelled from their land—which they conquered only ten years before by slaughtering the previous inhabitants with extreme brutality. Click to read the full review of The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West in New York Journal of Books. SHIPPING AND RETURNS. by Knopf. And in today's headlines in the Dakotas we are walking the same talk with the DAPL. Review written by Jerry Lenaburg. Thu, November 3, 2016 - Historian Peter Cozzens offers an evenhanded look at that bloody struggle between whites and Native Americans, drawing from his new book The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West. Suppose that in a spirit of justice, this superior race should recognize the fact that it was in duty bound to place food in our mouths and blankets on our backs, what would we do in the premises? by Athenaeum, Published May 29th 2018 The earth continues to weep. It ought to be pointed out that every successful campaign the army fought against the Indians had large numbers of other Indians, even from the same tribes, fighting alongside them. Cozzens also is a retired Foreign Service Officer, U. S. Department of State. The soldiers, Crook, Miles, Sherman and Sheridan are all accorded their roles in the saga. Even at Wounded Knee the Indians gave the soldiers ample reason to distrust all of them. These were mostly wars of conquest. The book is also very fact driven but also tells an evenhanded story, both depict. Most of these books were excellent but this book offers the most comprehensive recitation of the events occurring during the decades long struggles between the Indians and the encroachment of white settlers and the Army. The reason for the less than perfect score was the perspective of the author which seemed to be one that gave the ultimate responsibility for the bloodbath that took place in the country to bad policy, incompetent people, and the government not responding properly. I now know that Red Cloud fought on the Northern Plains, where Fetterman was killed, that Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse fought in Wyoming and. The books ends with the events of the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890, but the story continues even now, with the protests in North Dakota. Error rating book. There were certainly characteristics of the book that compelled me to rate what might otherwise have received 5 stars, this lower rating. First, it is well written and researched, the writing flows, and the prose keeps the reader engaged. Cozzens disagrees with the overall structure of this interpretation, while never doubting that America was certainly in the wrong. When I was young, THE book to read on the various American Indian wars was, “The Earth Is Weeping” offers an almost painfully even-handed look at the conflicts between the United States and American Indian tribes after the Civil War. The white man (and the Mexican, and the white man’s numerous Indian allies) usually breaks treaties and sometimes kills women and children. PaperBack by Peter Cozzens. That said, the book is one of the more balanced accounts I have read and I would recommend it. I'm sure each conflict alone could be the subject of a very interesting history book, but we get the overall history in an organized fashion focusing on different regions in the West in turn. It's a lot to cover, and the author does an impressive job. In spite of the eventual (and probably inevitable) outcome of these wars, let no one imagine that the US Army had an easy time of it; the native tribes had serious fighting skills, honed by many years of fighting with each other. —Victor Davis Hanson, author of Carnage and Culture "A comprehensive assessment of the wars for control of the American West. Buy The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West Main by Cozzens, Peter (ISBN: 9781786491510) from Amazon's Book Store. I am not sure why I continue reading books on Indian history as I am always so sad upon completion. Most informed readers of the West know this not to be true with Generals Miles and Crook being true advocates for Indians. The white man systematically wiped out scores of Indians from North America. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. - Victor Davis Hanson, author of CARNAGE AND CULTURE. In April 1863, Chief Lean Bear of the Southern Cheyennes met with President Abraham Lincoln. Wonderful country **sarcas. In sobering detail, Peter Cozzens has chronicled this dark chapter in our history. “Between a Rock and a Hard Place”, Book review of Peter Cozzens’s, The Earth is Weeping by Colonel (ret) Mike Kershaw. In the past few years I have read several books dealing with individual Native Americans or with some of the theaters of operation in the conflicts with native Americans. This book was a page turner from beginning to end, and was an easy read for somebody not very well versed in the history that it discusses. Even when the Indian complied he was subject to the threat of death or starvation. The Earth Is Weeping The Earth Is Weeping chronicles the Indian Wars for the American West in their totality. Peter Cozzens is the award-winning author of seventeen books on the American Civil War and the American West. by Highbridge Audio, Published 2017 Oglala warriors reenact a planned raid on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge reservation, 1907. by Atlantic Books, Published October 3rd 2017 ... Goodreads reviews for The Earth is Weeping. Be that as it may, the whole dreary tale of conquest, betrayal, forced expulsions and cultural suppression of the indigenous inhabitants of the United States is a black chapter in the history of the great democracy, but one that should be understood in all of its various aspects, including those of Indian brutality and aggression towards white settlers, and how the people who were the most sympathetic towards the Indians' plight were often the very army officers whose duty it was to defeat and control them. So much miscommunication and then deceit in our dealings with each other. In spite of the eventual (and probably inevitable) outcome of these wars, let no one imagine that the US Army had an easy time of it; the native tribes had serious fighting skills, honed by many years of fighting with each other, and then reinforced by the technologies the whites themselves introduced, namely the rifle and the horse. The author even attempts to make the argument that both Natives and Europeans were immigrants. I'm sure each conflict alone could be the subject of a very interesting history book, but we get the overall history in an organized fashion focusing on different regions in the West in turn. Considering the scope of this book the accomplishment is remarkable as it is by no means cursory or abbreviated in its treatment of any area of review. He assesses both the Army and the various tribes it struggled with, the leaders on both sides and enough of engagements to give structure to his sweeping history of the campaign. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Summer Sale Buy One Get One 50% off. The reason being is that not only does it give wide broad strokes of the Indian Wars of the west, but also drills down giving details favored by the true history buff, along with the history of the moment. This book introduces the characters and places them in their geographical and chronological contexts. It's a lot to cover, and the author does an impressive job. The eye and the mind strain to examine too directly and too long this repetitive chronicle of avarice and deception, bloodshed and misery. The U.S. never acknowledges this and to this day think that they are the superior nation on earth. Amazon selected it as a Best Book of November 2016. (Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty) The Earth Is Weeping… The Indian wars are probably one of the most shameful periods of our history. The Earth Is Weeping is the most lucid and reliable history of the Indian Wars in recent memory.” —Victor Davis Hanson, author of Carnage and Culture “A comprehensive assessment of the wars for control of the American West. Highly recommended for the intertwined history of Native Americans and the post-Civil War frontier U.A. It's the tragic stuff of legends, movies and a million history works, yet Cozzens manages to make the familiar topic fresh and invigorating again. Suppose a race superior to mine were to land upon the shores of this great continent, trade or cheat us out of our land foot by foot, gradually encroach upon our domain until we were finally driven, a degraded, demoralized band into a small corner of the continent, where to live at all it was necessary to steal, perhaps to do worse? But he also seemed at times to find equal blame to Native Americans and white people for what happened. 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